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(When On Earth)   Who knew giant pits in the ground where rugged men burrow deeper into the earth to excavate rare metals could look so sensuous and pure?   (whenonearth.net ) divider line
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2014-08-19 07:59:45 AM  
Sensuous?  They look toxic to me.

/just my opinion
 
2014-08-19 08:17:52 AM  
The only one I can say I know is Kennecott.  It's more impressive by just driving around Salt Lake than it is in that picture if you ask me.  You can see it from absolutely everywhere in the Salt Lake Valley.  Here is a picture of the Salt Lake skyline with Kennecott in the background.  In this picture, it is probably 15 or more  miles away, but it is still an impressive scar on the landscape.

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2014-08-19 08:24:37 AM  

basemetal: Sensuous?  They look toxic to me.


Seems a bit like admiring pictures of shrapnel wounds.
 
2014-08-19 08:56:14 AM  
Came for pics of rugged men.  Leaving disappointed.
 
2014-08-19 09:08:14 AM  

Diogenes: Came for pics of rugged men.  Leaving disappointed.


grandgood.com
 
2014-08-19 09:09:17 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Diogenes: Came for pics of rugged men.  Leaving disappointed.

[grandgood.com image 498x415]


I can't fap to this.

But I might give it a listen.
 
2014-08-19 09:13:09 AM  
So potash doesn't come from pots, and isn't really ash?
 
2014-08-19 09:20:15 AM  

Diogenes: Three Crooked Squirrels: Diogenes: Came for pics of rugged men.  Leaving disappointed.

[grandgood.com image 498x415]

I can't fap to this.

But I might give it a listen.


I tried to help ya out.  No idea who that is, but he came up in about 90% of the GIS's for "rugged man".
 
2014-08-19 09:24:04 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Diogenes: Three Crooked Squirrels: Diogenes: Came for pics of rugged men.  Leaving disappointed.

[grandgood.com image 498x415]

I can't fap to this.

But I might give it a listen.

I tried to help ya out.  No idea who that is, but he came up in about 90% of the GIS's for "rugged man".


Yeah, my GIS for "rugged miner" returned other weird results:

toyplays.com
 
2014-08-19 09:30:16 AM  
blog.devicerandom.org
 
2014-08-19 10:29:04 AM  
At least in San Antonio they've started turning old limestone quarries into useful things, one is now a huge sports complex and has a huge park type area for special needs children.  I think Six Flags is in one too.
 
2014-08-19 10:38:56 AM  
I'm making love to my girlfriend, and she asks me, "Can you get deeper, baby?"

So I says, "Man is but a rope, stretched across the abyss."

So she says, "Not that farking deep!"
 
2014-08-19 10:39:42 AM  
Headline reads like one giant euphemism.

/NTTAWWT
 
2014-08-19 10:41:24 AM  
Fark Rio-Tinto, they are mass murders.
 
2014-08-19 10:42:02 AM  

MooseBayou: I'm making love to my girlfriend, and she asks me, "Can you get deeper, baby?"

So I says, "Man is but a rope, stretched across the abyss."

So she says, "Not that farking deep!"


My wife said "give me 12 inches and make it hurt"

So I said "I can't because of the new FarQ."
 
2014-08-19 10:42:59 AM  
I should love this, and part of me does, but it also breaks my heart a little.  Especially the coal mining and oil sands ones.

Sort of puts those dinky little fuel-spill cleanups I do into perspective.
 
2014-08-19 10:45:01 AM  

dookdookdook: basemetal: Sensuous?  They look toxic to me.

Seems a bit like admiring pictures of shrapnel wounds.


Yeah but it's not like those things (with the exception of the tar sands and the two or three lignite mines) can be done without.  We need what comes out of those holes and to be honest the larger the mine the fewer mines that there are in total. I'd rather one giant contimainated hole than hundreds of smaller contaminated holes.
 
2014-08-19 10:46:15 AM  

Honest Geologist: I should love this, and part of me does, but it also breaks my heart a little.  Especially the coal mining and oil sands ones.

Sort of puts those dinky little fuel-spill cleanups I do into perspective.


I'm not a fan of strip mining, but underground coal mining holds a fascination with me for some reason.  We've taken tours of several. Plus, its very cool to see a concreted-up portal in the middle of a neighborhood of houses in the area around Scranton/Wilkes Barre, then look at the old photos and realize that there was a GIGANTIC mining operation there around 50 years ago.
 
2014-08-19 10:46:17 AM  
There was a rock quarry somewhere up in Indiana or Illinois that I always thought was amazing when we drove by it. But I can't seem to find pics in GIS.
 
2014-08-19 10:49:22 AM  
This looks like something from a Star Wars movie.  Holy shiat, look at this thing compared to the two workers standing there.

whenonearth.net
 
2014-08-19 10:49:47 AM  
FTFA:   this terraced salt pools wonder is actually where you can taste one of the best salt in the world

Peru's sodium chloride tastes better than other sodium chloride? Who knew?
 
2014-08-19 10:49:53 AM  

busy chillin': There was a rock quarry somewhere up in Indiana or Illinois that I always thought was amazing when we drove by it. But I can't seem to find pics in GIS.


Probably limestone.  Lots of that in IN and IL.
 
2014-08-19 10:51:44 AM  

busy chillin': MooseBayou: I'm making love to my girlfriend, and she asks me, "Can you get deeper, baby?"

So I says, "Man is but a rope, stretched across the abyss."

So she says, "Not that farking deep!"

My wife said "give me 12 inches and make it hurt"

So I said "I can't because of the new FarQ."


Verily.  I have not seen such a deep crevasse since I gazed upon what was twixt that who bore you's legs.
 
2014-08-19 10:53:21 AM  
I saw one lake and a lot of pics of subbys moms vag.
 
2014-08-19 10:53:35 AM  
Seems that they missed the second largest open pit copper mine. The El Chino mine in Silver city N.M.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chino_Mine
 
2014-08-19 10:53:54 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: This looks like something from a Star Wars movie.  Holy shiat, look at this thing compared to the two workers standing there.

[whenonearth.net image 690x469]


It looks like the world's largest stump grinder.

/That would be one gigantic tree.
 
2014-08-19 10:55:19 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: This looks like something from a Star Wars movie.  Holy shiat, look at this thing compared to the two workers standing there.

[whenonearth.net image 690x469]


And they made more than one. I love the pic in this article with the road in the forground.
 
2014-08-19 10:55:27 AM  

Carn: busy chillin': There was a rock quarry somewhere up in Indiana or Illinois that I always thought was amazing when we drove by it. But I can't seem to find pics in GIS.

Probably limestone.  Lots of that in IN and IL.


that helped me with my search. It is Thornton Quarry just south of Chicago.

Plus I was searching for Juliet, Indiana. Duh. It is Joliet.
 
2014-08-19 10:58:06 AM  
This is like The Fountainhead slash fiction.
 
2014-08-19 11:00:49 AM  

cubic_spleen: This is like The Fountainhead slash fiction.


Is that a story in which nobody gets raped?
 
2014-08-19 11:05:34 AM  
I was very surprised by  # 7. Garzweiler Surface Mine, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany

 First, because it is strip-mining in oh-so-environmentally-conscious Germany. Next because they are strip-mining for farking  Lignite. Lignite is the poorest form of coal that you can burn as it has the least heat-content per ton.  The ultimate surprise is that (according to Wikipedia, so believe what you will) "25.7% of Germany's electricity comes from lignite power plants...".
.
Not only do you have to burn more of it (creating more pollution by sheer volume per ton), it has a high moisture content thus releasing more co2 per ton  ( if you care about such things).

This pretty much offsets any gains from getting rid of nuclear power and going to solar/wind.
 
2014-08-19 11:06:09 AM  

mdeesnuts: Smoky Dragon Dish: This looks like something from a Star Wars movie.  Holy shiat, look at this thing compared to the two workers standing there.

[whenonearth.net image 690x469]

And they made more than one. I love the pic in this article with the road in the forground.


Somewhere there is a picture of one of those with a giant dump truck stuck in one of the buckets.  Wonder how much that lil booboo cost somebody?
 
2014-08-19 11:07:36 AM  
So cool.  I wish they had some mines like that where I live.  All we have is this stupid fertile soil.
 
2014-08-19 11:12:43 AM  

busy chillin': Carn: busy chillin': There was a rock quarry somewhere up in Indiana or Illinois that I always thought was amazing when we drove by it. But I can't seem to find pics in GIS.

Probably limestone.  Lots of that in IN and IL.

that helped me with my search. It is Thornton Quarry just south of Chicago.

Plus I was searching for Juliet, Indiana. Duh. It is Joliet.


Reminds me of a limestone quarry just west of Midtown Atlanta smack in the middle of an industrial area. You wouldn't know it was there unless you went to pick up rock/gravel. Big arse hole in the ground right off Marietta Blvd
 
2014-08-19 11:12:52 AM  
my great uncle, back in his morbidly depressed period, painted pictures of limestone quarries.

I have one of his paintings from that time period, and my wife won't let me hang it up because she's says it makes her too sad to even contemplate suicide.

/ i like it.  but, i have enough swedish blood to take that level of scandinavian existential depression.
// even the colors are depressing.  there's a red color, and it's got to be the most depressing red in history.  it's just desolate.
 
2014-08-19 11:14:40 AM  

Lokkii: Not only do you have to burn more of it (creating more pollution by sheer volume per ton), it has a high moisture content thus releasing more co2 per ton  ( if you care about such things).


The second part of that is wrong.  High moisture content means that you need to burn more of it to get the same amount of energy because a lot of the weight is useless moisture which also takes up a bunch of energy when it is converted to steam but water content doesn't increase the amount of CO2 given off from burning something.  If anything it reduces it because 1 ton of dry coal has more stuff to burn than 1 ton of wet coal.
 
2014-08-19 11:15:20 AM  
That one in Russia was amazing especially with the city right next to it. Really showed the prespective of it. IIRC I think the one in Nevada with the healthy green glow is strating to get cleaned up or they were trying to develop methods to do it.
 
2014-08-19 11:15:27 AM  

fireclown: cubic_spleen: This is like The Fountainhead slash fiction.

Is that a story in which nobody gets raped?


Of course not; such things are not written about or spoken of in delicate company.
 
2014-08-19 11:17:00 AM  
Missing: Berkley Pit her in lovely Butte MT

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2014-08-19 11:17:05 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: This looks like something from a Star Wars movie.  Holy shiat, look at this thing compared to the two workers standing there.

[whenonearth.net image 690x469]


Imagine what a supervillain could do w/ one of those.
 
2014-08-19 11:18:09 AM  
What the Deuce!? Image and typing fails all over the place! Lavendar pit.

www.bisbeeturquoise.com
 
2014-08-19 11:20:36 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: This looks like something from a Star Wars movie.  Holy shiat, look at this thing compared to the two workers standing there.

[whenonearth.net image 690x469]


They need to incorporate that into the next Minecraft update.
 
2014-08-19 11:22:42 AM  

born_yesterday: fireclown: cubic_spleen: This is like The Fountainhead slash fiction.

Is that a story in which nobody gets raped?

Of course not; such things are not written about or spoken of in delicate company.


Indeed.  Although I only used the term to decry it's use, you were indeed correct in calling me to task.  I will check my privilege and show myself out.
 
2014-08-19 11:26:41 AM  

busy chillin': Carn: busy chillin': There was a rock quarry somewhere up in Indiana or Illinois that I always thought was amazing when we drove by it. But I can't seem to find pics in GIS.

Probably limestone.  Lots of that in IN and IL.

that helped me with my search. It is Thornton Quarry just south of Chicago.

Plus I was searching for Juliet, Indiana. Duh. It is Joliet.


Limestone from Bedford, Indiana was used to build the Empire State Building, among many other structures. The quarry is a cool place to visit.
 
2014-08-19 11:29:00 AM  

Egoy3k: Lokkii: Not only do you have to burn more of it (creating more pollution by sheer volume per ton), it has a high moisture content thus releasing more co2 per ton  ( if you care about such things).

The second part of that is wrong.  High moisture content means that you need to burn more of it to get the same amount of energy because a lot of the weight is useless moisture which also takes up a bunch of energy when it is converted to steam but water content doesn't increase the amount of CO2 given off from burning something.  If anything it reduces it because 1 ton of dry coal has more stuff to burn than 1 ton of wet coal.


I don't know enough physics to disagree with you, but Google thinks it does:

"Primarily because of latent high moisture content of brown coal, carbon dioxide emissions from traditional brown-coal-fired plants are generally much higher than for comparable black-coal plants, with the world's highest-emitting being Hazelwood Power Station, Victoria."
 
2014-08-19 11:29:04 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: This looks like something from a Star Wars movie.  Holy shiat, look at this thing compared to the two workers standing there.

[whenonearth.net image 690x469]


More like something that would be in the next Transformers movie.
 
2014-08-19 11:31:08 AM  

basemetal: They look toxic to me.

/just my opinion


In the general sense - some of them are, some aren't.  Nice handle for this thread, btw.
 
2014-08-19 11:35:49 AM  
And meanwhile, we've got idiots illegally fracking with diesel derivatives upstream of us, and they're talking about using Eminent Domain to build a gas line through the heart of the county - through land that is only just starting to recover from 200 years of clear-cut logging and coal mining.

But oh, this can't not turn out well, they tell us - from an economic standpoint.
 
2014-08-19 11:36:48 AM  

groppet: That one in Russia was amazing especially with the city right next to it. Really showed the prespective of it. IIRC I think the one in Nevada with the healthy green glow is strating to get cleaned up or they were trying to develop methods to do it.


Those diamond mines are generally centered around what is called a kimberlite pipe.  That is why these pits are conical and very deep.
 
2014-08-19 11:38:16 AM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: we've got idiots illegally fracking


Where is this?
 
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